APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month/ End of quarter BUDGET RANGE: preferably < 1200 (including shipping/taxes) SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet/Movies, Home/Office PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (or any other cheaper website) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA PARTS PREFERENCES: CPU:Intel Graphics:Nvidia OVERCLOCKING: Most Likely (however, I'll have to figure out how to do that ) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI (as an upgrade) MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As the title suggests, this is my first build. I'm fairly ignorant when it comes to this entire process and would like some help (that's why I came here). Here are my couple of questions:
1. Are all the parts listed below adequate and compatible w/ ea. other (is there anything else i need to get)?
2. Is it better to wait till the end of the quarter to buy parts?
3. Is there a cheaper substitute for the parts (w/o sacrificing quality)?
My goal is to have a stable computer that is capable of playing Empire/Napoleon:Total War at high-max settings (after SLI). From the of this build, it is kind of expensive (for my budget), I'm really needing to cut about $100-$200.
GPU: This is a little against what you need to be doing, but I recommend spending the extra $20ish for an HD 5770.
Don't forget to check for combos...
With those changes, you should be down to about $800. So if you want to spend a little more, take all of that savings and upgrade to an HD 5850 for $300, assuming you're planning on upgrading your monitor soon...
The 9800 GTX+ is replaced by the GTS 250. Its the same performance, uses less power and may well be cheaper. For better gaming performance I would go with a the substantially faster DX11 card like the 5770 or 5850.
The cheapest good one is the Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus or sometimes the Sunbeam core contact freezer. They will do plenty well. You should look at the latest Toms article about finding the most effective i5 overclock.
Definitely go for the Haf 922 like MadAdmiral said, it only takes a quick google to shoot the 900 down in flames its replacement the 902 is better but still not as good as the Haf 922 and you may end up with space issues trying to put a long graphics card in the 900/902. Airflow and cooling capabilities are also the same standard as the Haf too.